Korean War vet from Valatie gets proper burial 70 years later | WNYT.com

Korean War vet from Valatie gets proper burial 70 years later

Sam Hesler
Updated: May 20, 2021 06:36 PM
Created: May 20, 2021 06:35 PM

SCHUYLERVILLE - A native of Columbia County was laid to rest Thursday at Saratoga National Cemetery, with full military honors.
Corporal Clifford Johnson from Valatie was honored 70 years after he was reported missing in action during the Korean War.

Corporal Johnson was serving at the Chosin Reservoir, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.

For decades, he's remains could not be found. However, North Korea turned over boxes with remains of U.S. service members to

President Trump in 2018. Corporal Johnson's remains were identified in 2020.

Now, his hometown and people from around the area are making sure the Purple Heart recipient and decorated soldier gets the honor he deserves.

Columbia County even proclaimed May 20, 2021 as “Clifford Johnson Day” in his honor.

Hear a fellow Korean War vet explain his strong bond with others who fought that war, and the high emotions of this day by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.


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